Rueben K. Green, Author of Black Officer, White Navy

This book is thorough, four hundred year history of the abuse and disenfranchisement of black people of America, often while they were encouraged to fight for “their” country. The scope of the work makes it an outstanding choice for both the newly curious and established scholars. It helps one look at the big picture, the cause and effect relationships between people of different races. I found the last few chapters particularly relevant, showing that the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (2016) observed that racial bias and discrimination are still constant factors in America today.

This book would make an excellent textbook for any high school or college classroom as well as a general overview for anyone. I’m glad I read it. The author did extensive research and unearthed documents, studies, and papers of which I was not aware and that I found quite helpful. The collective apathy our nation has shown to the plight of its minority citizens may someday cease, and this book, and books like it, would be part of the reason that it does. Let us hope.